SINGAPORE — Daniel Ricciardo says his management has been in talks with a number of F1 teams for a drive next year, but insists he’s resigned himself to the prospect of not being on the grid in 2023.

Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of the season after his contract was cut by a year to make way for Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri in 2023.

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It is not yet clear if Ricciardo will remain in F1 next year as only three teams – Alpine, Haas and Williams – have yet to confirm their 2023 driver lineups.

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He is not currently affiliated with any of the open media locations, but said his management is looking into his options.

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“My team talks to almost everyone and they have conversations,” Ricciardo said. “So we’re just trying to put it all together and figure out what makes the most sense.

“So it’s not that they’re not interested, and while I’m not being overconfident, we’re just doing our due diligence and figuring out what’s best.

“Trying to look past next year because I want to race but also don’t want to just look at the next 12 months instead of the next 24.”

Ricciardo said he’s open to the idea of ​​being a reserve driver on a top team, especially if it comes with the possibility of turning into a racing driver in 2024.

“I still strive to be part of Formula 1. Of course, plan A is to be on the grid, so nothing has changed, but I don’t want to just jump into the first spot. I know the landscape has probably changed. and also at the end of next year with contracts or whatever, so I’m staying open.

“I know that if I decide to take on a reserve role or not race next year, nothing is guaranteed. So it comes with risks, but that’s what we weigh. At this stage, especially with a top team, there are no guarantees. .”

Ricciardo said he returned to his family home in Australia during the recent three-week break between races, which gave him some idea of ​​how he might feel if he spends a year away from F1 next year.

“It’s like a little time away has the power to remind you how much you miss it and that’s where next year if I don’t race I feel like there could be a blessing in all of this.” he added. “It might make me start foaming at the mouth wanting to come back, so I’ll be happy to be online again, but also see the positives if it’s not.

“That’s why I’m calm about what happens in 2023, because everything happens for a reason, and all these things make sense. A couple of weeks off is good for space and clarity and all that.”